NAPA is a world-wide organization representing Navy Physician Assistants

The Naval Association of Physician Assistants was founded in 1976 as a constituent organization of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). NAPA represents and promotes the interests of Navy PAs.


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2020 NAPA Challenge Coins

The NAPA Coin has been redesigned for 2020:

NAPA 2020 Challenge Coin

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DUINS is Full-time Duty Under Instruction for Medical Service Corps (MSC) officers - such as PAs.

This allows them to attend graduate and fellowship programs, providing the necessary preparation to meet critical education and training needs. This helps enable the MSC to fulfill its mission and benefit the Navy and the individual by:

  • Ensuring higher levels of professional knowledge.
  • Providing incentives for recruitment and retention of personnel with ability, dedication, and capacity for growth.
  • Recognizing educational aspiration of individuals through advanced degrees and certification programs.

MSC officers who participate in full-time DUINS receive full pay and allowances of their grade. Navy Medicine pays the tuition.

The Navy currently offers DUINS Fellowships for its PAs in Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and General Surgery. Application for these is competitive, and PAs are typically selected who have already served in the Navy for a few tours.

DUINS Note for Fiscal Year 21: 

DUINS Note for Fiscal Year 18

How to DUINS


Tuition Assistance:

Tuition Assistance Eligibility

Please review the relevant NAVADMINs at before applying for Tuition Assistance funding.

Who is eligible?

TA is available to both Naval Officer and Enlisted active duty personnel and Naval Reservists on continuous active duty. It is also available to enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty 120 days and to Naval Reservist Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years or more. To qualify, service members must:

  • Be on active duty for the whole length of the course.
  • Attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.
  • Receive counseling from a Navy College Office.
  • (Optional) determine if a CLEP/DSST exam could take the place of the course to be funded (either ask your school or your Navy College Office). If a CLEP/DSST exam credit could apply, consult with your Navy College Office for instructions on taking the practice test and scheduling an appointment for the test.
  • Provide all grades from previously funded TA courses and reimburse all W and F grades. (Withdrawals for involuntary reasons may be granted with command verification)
  • Agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least two years upon completion of courses funded by TA. This obligation runs concurrently with remaining obligated service time. Those who fail to serve the obligation must repay the TA funds expended on their behalf during the last two years of active duty on a pro rated basis.